About ACE IT – How we started

A special tribute must be made to Pauline Crombie who died in 2012. Pauline was a founder Board member of ACE IT and without whose wise counsel and unending support, ACE IT would not be where we are today.

About ACE IT Computer Training for the 50+ Group
Following its launch in May 2001, Age Concern Edinburgh Information Technology (now known as ACE IT) rapidly became one of the central providers of community based computer training both within the Edinburgh area and beyond.

The average age of each learner is 75 years old and to date many thousands of older people have benefited from our training courses.

One of the core roles of ACE IT has always been to encourage new and non confident users, specifically in the 50+ age group, to learn basic computer skills, Internet access and email thus broadening education, offer other leisure interests and find information on many issues and topics.

What makes the ACE IT computer training sessions so successful with clients is the friendly, relaxed atmosphere where overcoming the fear factor and realising the fun that can be achieved from the computer is seen to be one of the key objectives.

“The relentless advance of technology is being paralleled by the phenomenon of the ‘greying population’. If older people are not helped to catch up and use the technology, we will be faced with a serious ‘digital divide’, whereby a growing proportion of those whom technology would help to remain independent and ‘connected’ members of the community, become instead isolated and disenfranchised.”                                                                                               Jenny Ridge (Former Chief Executive ACE IT (2004))

Moving on to 2019!

–  in response to learners needs and the ever changing advance in technologies we now offer two drop in sessions every week – click here

ACE IT is also regarded as one of the leading resources for IT and older people at local, regional and national levels and provides consultancy and training services to many community groups and organisations – click here 

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